The Spymistress

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Penguin Publishing Group, Mar 25, 2014 - Fiction - 354 pages
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is back with another enthralling historical novel set during the Civil War era, this time inspired by the life of ?a true Union woman as true as steel” who risked everything by caring for Union prisoners of war ? and stealing Confederate secrets.

Born to slave-holding aristocracy in Richmond, Virginia, and educated by Northern Quakers, Elizabeth Van Lew was a paradox of her time. When her native state seceded in April 1861, Van Lew's convictions compelled her to defy the new Confederate regime. Pledging her loyalty to the Lincoln White House, her courage would never waver, even as her wartime actions threatened not only her reputation, but also her life.

Van Lew's skills in gathering military intelligence were unparalleled. She helped to construct the Richmond Underground and orchestrated escapes from the infamous Confederate Libby Prison under the guise of humanitarian aid. Her spy ring's reach was vast, from clerks in the Confederate War and Navy Departments to the very home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Although Van Lew was inducted posthumously into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame, the astonishing scope of her achievements has never been widely known. In Chiaverini's riveting tale of high-stakes espionage, a great heroine of the Civil War finally gets her due.
 

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Based on the true life of female civil war spy Elizabeth Van Lew, Jennifer Chiaverini's The Spymistress is an eye-opening detailed account of the United States Civil War. Although at times a bit dry ... Read full review

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The Spymistress by Jennifer Chiaverini 355 pages This is a fictional account of the real-life woman, Lizzie Van Hew. During the Civil War, Lizzie was a Union sympathizer living in Virginia, so she did ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
17
Section 3
32
Section 4
44
Section 5
59
Section 6
75
Section 7
87
Section 8
91
Section 16
195
Section 17
210
Section 18
225
Section 19
240
Section 20
256
Section 21
270
Section 22
287
Section 23
304

Section 9
107
Section 10
112
Section 11
119
Section 12
133
Section 13
145
Section 14
160
Section 15
176
Section 24
317
Section 25
320
Section 26
341
Section 27
348
Section 28
353
Section 29
356
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About the author (2014)

JENNIFER CHIAVERINI is the author of the New York Times bestselling Elm Creek Quilts series and Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker. A graduate of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and two sons.

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